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Any apsiring midwives? August 17, 2004 5:51 PM

Hi My name is Jill, I'm an RMT and doula in San Antonio, I'm doing a homestudy midwifery course as well. Any other apiring midwives or doulas? I'd love to chat with other birthy people Jill  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
aspiring doula? October 01, 2004 6:15 AM

Hi- I just joined this group (realize your posting is a little old by now!)I am thinking about becoming a doula....I have 2 young kids at home, so being on call isn't really an option for me right now. I'm thinking about becoming a post-partum doula first, and completing my training when the kids are old enough to get themselves off to school alone if I'm out attending a birth. What does RMT stand for?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
hi jill and jennifer October 01, 2004 11:34 AM

i have taken my basic midwifery classes. i am also taking an online doula course with my little girl is 15 mos. old so it will be awhile until i am ready to go out into the world with my love and talent. i read everything i can get my hands on and will know when i am ready. i'd love to go to that midwifery school on the border of mexico in texas, but that will have to wait until i have the money and time. until then, i stay close to the mommas in the community and participate in housecleaning co=ops and other momma centered activities. have either of you read 'birthing from within'? i'd love to be a childbirth educator based around that book. talk to you later.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
another great book October 01, 2004 1:43 PM

I just finished "Mothering the Mother"-it is one of those books that I read and just keep saying "YES-this is SO true!". I drove my husband crazy-I kept saying "listen to this!" and reading him passages from the book over and over. I'll look for a copy of "birthing from within"-thanks for the suggestion-  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
online doula course October 04, 2004 5:00 AM

Hi Laura- How did you decide on the birthnet online doula course? I'm in the process of sorting through all the different ones, and I'm curious why you chose that particular one... Thanks-  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 04, 2004 11:04 AM

I choose this one because it is much more extensive then any other course I have seen. I goes more into the care of the woman, her nutritional needs, etc.-it feels more like a midwifery primer-which is where my interest ultimately lay. I can do it in my own time and don't have to leave the home. There is no certification. Ultimately when you pay for certification, it can be revoked through not paying yearly dues. The midwife (Gloria Lemay) doing the birthlove doula course feels this is inappropriate-once you have the knowledge-nobody has the right to take it away from you-particularly for something as arbitrary as monetary gain/loss. It takes a year to complete with a new module each month that continues on in a yearly cycle so if you start in Oct., you will start with the Oct. module (and complete with the Sept. module). They have doula course forums where any questions can be directly answered/discussed by the women taking the course and by Gloria Lemay. It's affordable-it only cost me $14.95 to become a lifetime member (that may have changed-not sure what it is now) to the bithlove site which has wonderful forums too. I could go on and on about how great and advantageous it is!! I looked into several other doula trainings and with a toddler it's just not feasable for me to leave even if it's just for 8 hours or a long weekend. I'm of the type that I believe all women who have it in their hearts are already doulas/midwives and I find the certification process patriarchal and a throwback from the burning times when these sorts of talents were regulated for monetary gains to be dominated by the male population-whom which I feel have little appropriateness being in this field of work to begin with. Not to say there aren't some great male ob/gyn's-just I think I can safely say most women feel more as ease to relate these feminine mysteries with someone who may have 1st hand knowledge and experience with them, then with someone who has never experienced a menstrual cycle or pregnancy. oops.. I went off on a little tangent there...go check it out! I think you can access the site to check it out for 1 day for free. hth!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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